AIARE Avalanche Awareness Lecture
Our avalanche awareness lecture is by no means a replacement for an AIARE Level 1 avalanche course. It is great refresher for those already traveling in avalanche terrain, and a solid foundation for beginners to build upon. The lecture presents attendees an opportunity to explore more of what it means to travel in backcountry/avalanche terrain, the hazards, and why it can be so much fun. We'll talk about gear, terrain, snowpack and more.
Session # 1, Friday, November 17th
Our first lecture of the season will be hosted at Wasatch Brew Pub at the top of Historic Main St in Park City, UT. We’ll be discussing Human Factors involved in backcountry travel and how they can impact our adventures. We’ll talk about strategic mindset, the influence of social media and mindfulness in the backcountry. We’ll also share information on the new Pro/Rec split in avalanche education.
Session # 2, Thursday, December 14th
Our second lecture of the season will be hosted by our friends at Red Rock Brewery in Kimball Junction. We’ll dive into the current snowpack for the season and how it forms, the different types of avalanches and how they behave, weather, seasonal trends, snow mapping, and the Pro/Rec split in avalanche education. National Weather Service (NWS) hydrologist, Brian McInerney, will also give his awesome presentation about current weather patterns in the Wasatch Mountains.
Huge thanks to Red Rock Brewery and Wasatch Brew Pub for hosting the lectures, providing snacks and supporting avalanche education. Please, make sure you come hungry and thirsty, and show these great local businesses some love! The Utah Avalanche Center will also be taking donations and sharing information at both lectures.